Rainwater In The Ductile-Brittle Transition Zone: Far Deeper Into Earth’s Crust Than Thought Before

by on August 2, 2014
A team of geoscientists have shown that rainwater penetrates far more deeply into the Earth’s surface than thought before.  Analysis of minerals brought up by tectonic plate uplifting reveals that rainwater reaches up to and perhaps beyond the brittle ductile transition zone at 6 to 8 kilometers in depth.  The transition zone is where the […]

Are Larger Babies Really Born to Women Who Live Near Green Spaces?

by on August 2, 2014
Women who live near parks and other places with plenty of vegetation while pregnant give birth to babies who weigh significantly more, says a recent study titled  “Green Spaces and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes” published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  However, it is unclear whether controlling for certain variables that the relationship will hold.  In fact, […]


Fullerenes Behave As “Super Atoms” And Trap Interstitial Electrons That Form Bonds

by on August 1, 2014
Theoretical and experimental chemists from Germany have teamed up to show bucky-balls have behaviors like “super” atoms.  Two fullerenes, as they are technically known, come together and trap an electron that becomes a classic “sigma bond”, much as two atoms would be held together by sharing electrons.  The researchers also found energetically stable 3 and 4 fullerene […]

Detection Of Pollutant Gases On Alien Worlds As Evidence For Intelligent Life

by on July 30, 2014
Scientists from Harvard’s Center for Astronomy have completed a theoretical study that suggests under the right conditions, existing optical technology is powerful enough to detect atmospheric pollution that would imply presence of intelligence on alien worlds. Current methods call for detecting methane or oxygen as a means to narrow the search for life on alien […]


High Subjective Knowledge Causes Choice Overload And Makes Consumers Buy Less

by on July 29, 2014
According to a series of articles published in a journal belonging to the Association for Psychological Science, Psychological Science, the degree of subjective knowledge consumers self-report having about a certain product has deep effects on their decision to buy or not. Specifically, the lead author Dr. Liat Hadar says the study revealed that there are […]

Shrouded In Secrecy, British Autonomous Stealth Drone Taranis Takes 2nd Test Flight

by on July 28, 2014
BAE Systems, a British defense company, announced that its highly secret, stealth drone named Taranis has just finished its second set of flight trials in late 2013 and early 2014.  The stealth drone was unveiled in 2010 in the U.K.. The project with a price tag of $316 million is being led by BAE Systems […]


Nonablative Laser Light Increases Influenza Vaccine Response 4 to 7-fold

by on July 28, 2014
Influenza imposes a heavy annual public health burden, and lies historically at the heart of a number of global pandemics that killed tens of millions.  To overcome the challenges of manufacturing enough vaccines such that we may stave off the next epidemic, medical researchers are searching for ways to strengthen or extend the power of […]

5 Maverick Fusion Companies Backed By Venture Capitalists Or Public Money

by on July 28, 2014
Government Funding For Fusion Remains Robust The Department of Energy (DOE) runs the Fusion Energy Sciences program which manages much of fusion-related research in the U.S.  The budget in 2014 was set at approximately $500 million dollars, with a large fraction at $200-$225 million going into the ITER, or International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, being built by […]


Successful Restoration Of Memory and Learning By Neuron Transplantation In Alzheimers Mice

by on July 26, 2014
Scientists from the University of California San Francisco and the Gladstone Institute transplanted neuronal precursor cells into the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease and showed elimination of memory and learning deficits, in addition to restoration of normal cognitive function.  To date clinical trials, commercial and academic investigators have largely focused on finding therapeutic molecules, but this […]

Third Most Dangerous Earth Impactor Asteroid Bennu To Be Visited By NASA Spacecraft

by on July 26, 2014
NASA is close to deploying a spacecraft as part of its OSIRIS-REx mission to visit the asteroid Bennu, a potential Earth impactor that is listed in the Sentry Risk Table and has the distinction having the third highest danger rating on the well-known Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale. This isn’t the first asteroid we have visited, but is the first that has the […]